Under the state’s industrial insurance laws, a worker who, in the course of employment, is injured or suffers disability from an occupational disease is entitled to certain benefits. Proving an occupational disease requires a worker to show the disease arose naturally and proximately out of employment. Certain occupations, such as firefighters, have a presumption that […]

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Althasuer Rayan Abbarno, LLP expanded their law office in Olympia by moving to the Market Centre Building across from the Olympia Farmers Market. The new address is 111 Market Street NE, Suite 340, Olympia, WA 98501. Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP, celebrating their 75th anniversary this year, also has a Centralia Office where they have been […]

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The fee to record most documents in Washington State will increase by $100.00, effective July 25, 2021. This increase is at the direction of HB 1277, passed during the 2021 legislative session. The surcharge will fund state and local programs that promote low-income housing, eviction prevention, and homelessness services. Certain documents types are exempt from […]

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Halloween Safety Tips! The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Halloween is one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities. Although many families will be staying close to home during COVID-19, many drivers may not be expecting the trick-or-treaters who venture out on October 31st! Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control […]

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Planning for retirement and estate planning are important at any age. That is why the Estate Planning attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno want our clients to have up-to-date information.  The recently passed, SECURE Act (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act) makes changes (some retroactive) to some distributions from IRAs and 401(k) plans. Plan […]

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In 2018, the Washington State Legislature passed new regulations regarding service animals. The law  went into effect in 2019 and states that service animals are restricted to dogs and small horses and that emotional support and comfort animals are excluded from the definition of service animals. Horses and Dogs Only! “Service animal” means any dog […]

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Can Your Spouse Keep A Secret? Spousal Privilege! The State of Washington’s Spousal Privilege is found in RCWA 5.60.060(1). How long will the privilege last? The Washington provision states, with some exceptions, that a spouse shall not  testify against the other spouse without the consent of the spouse. This long-standing rule protects the confidential communications within […]

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The Legislature made many changes to the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act: Are you prepared for the changes? Althauser Rayan Abbarno  attorneys Jake McGhie and Peter Abbarno gave a Residential Landlord-Tenant Act update to the Lewis County Chapter of Washington Realtors after the Washington State Legislature changed many provisions, and added a few, this past session! Our […]

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Motorcycle liability insurance is not required in the State of Washington; however, Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorneys recommend coverage for yourself and others.  That is why Althauser Rayan Abbarno offers FREE Injury Consultations in Olympia and Centralia to victims of motorcycle collisions. This year, the Washington State Department of Transportation reported 162 crashes involving motorcycles […]

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A workplace injury can be devasting to families. A work injury can lead to financial ruin, strained relationships and even homelessness. If you’ve suffered a work injury, and you don’t know what to do, you have four choices: do nothing; depend on the advice of your employer; struggle on your own; or seek the advice […]

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